Las Vegas, NV – In an interview today with the Associated Press, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a not-so-veiled threat to waffling Republicans like Nevada’s own weak-kneed senior Senator, Dean Heller, that they will need to buck up and vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act – or suffer the political consequences within the GOP. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was even more direct, saying: “We’re going to make sure to remember those who stood by us and who stood by the word that they gave to their voters.” Spicer even suggested that Republicans who oppose the GOP health care bill will “pay a price at home.”
“Mitch McConnell and Trump’s White House are sending a clear warning that feeble Senator Dean Heller needs to stop twisting in the wind and get ready to follow through on his lengthy voting record over the years to dismantle the Affordable Care Act,” said Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Stewart Boss. “In the Senate, Heller’s default mode has been obeying McConnell’s orders, voting 100 percent of the time for Trump’s agenda, and toeing the Republican line of reckless extremism at Nevada’s expense. We wishpolitical surfer Dean Heller the best of luck trying to figure out how to navigate his re-election campaign while delivering on his long-standing commitment to repeal the ACA and defund Planned Parenthood.”
AP Interview: McConnell warns Republicans on health bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned fellow Republicans Tuesday of political consequences if they oppose health care legislation coming up for a vote in the House this week.
“I would hate to be a Republican whose vote prevented us from keeping the commitment we’ve made to the American people for almost 10 years now” to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law, the Kentucky Republican told Associated Press reporters and editors in an interview.
“I think the American people would be deeply disappointed that we were prevented from keeping our commitment by Republicans who in the end, in effect, voted for the status quo.”